Forty-two years ago, on January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade, a 7-2 decision, that a right of privacy under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment extended to a woman’s decision to have an abortion. Under the U.S. Constitution, unborn children were not persons, and thus, had no right to “life.” The decision disallowed state and federal restrictions on abortion in the United States. The decision prompted a long national debate about whether abortion should be legal, and the role of religious and moral views in the political and social sphere. Since 1973, it is estimated that sixty million abortions have taken place in the United States.
Of course, the wounds from abortion are deep. Abortion kills the innocent baby, and wounds the mother and everyone else involved. One in three American men are implicated in the abortion decision. In a recent press release, the Family Research Council noted the following:
The emptiness resulting from the sheer loss of innocent human life is vast. A mother’s womb should be the safest place on earth for her unborn child, yet it is often the battleground between life and death. Abortion not only tears a child from her mother’s womb, but tears away at the intimate fabric of the family unit.
Let us pray, dear brothers and sisters in Christ, for all of the victims of abortion:
Our loving Heavenly Father, Who makes all people in Your divine image. You teach us in Your Holy Word that Your glory is evident in the faces of Your little ones, whose angels continually look to You, have mercy upon us. As a nation, we have turned our backs upon You for we have not only tolerated, but permitted, violent acts that shed the innocent blood of 3,700 children each day. In this nation, whose blessing by You is so abundantly clear to all, we permit abortion to be legal in all fifty states, through all nine months of pregnancy, for any reason. We beg Your mercy upon us. As a nation, we have not considered little ones who are about to be born as worthy of life, but have rather discarded them as less than trash beneath our feet. Loving and Just Father, we plead for Your mercy upon us. Over the past 42 years, we have not held the lives of millions of unborn children as sacred to You, but rather, our nation has put them to death as a matter of convenience in order to pursue our selfish interests. For this bloodshed, we ought to be condemned and judged for their innocent blood is upon our hands. The innocent blood of the sixty million aborted unborn children has polluted the land, and our shores are drenched with the blood of the unborn. Our cities and towns, and our high places of government, drip red with the blood of the innocent. We beg You, Gracious Lord, to have mercy upon us. Because we who love You did not raise up an outcry against this monstrous sin, we too have become guilty through our silence and complacency. We, who are in Your Church, who are called by Your Holy Name, have loved our pleasure and our comforts far more than our neighbors, and much more than Your Holy Word. We know that we deserve Your righteous judgment, O Lord, for we are without excuse. Heavenly Father, we pray for those who advocate for abortion. Open their eyes that they may see that they are ending a life. We pray for those women, including some amongst us who follow You, who have had abortions. We pray for those of us who, as men, have encouraged women in crisis and the mothers of our unborn babies to have an abortion, or have paid for an abortion with our blood money. Father, we also pray that the day will soon come when innocent blood will be shed no more in our land, and that the halls of our government shall know righteousness, and that our courts shall be occupied by godly men and women. For we ask this with deep humility through the precious and holy Name of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior, who lives and reigns with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, forever and ever. Amen.